Chapter 6. Storage Architectures for Digital Imagery

  1. Vittorio Castelli and
  2. Lawrence D. Bergman
  1. Harrick M. Vin1 and
  2. Prashant Shenoy2

Published Online: 7 APR 2002

DOI: 10.1002/0471224634.ch6

Image Databases: Search and Retrieval of Digital Imagery

Image Databases: Search and Retrieval of Digital Imagery

How to Cite

Vin, H. M. and Shenoy, P. (2001) Storage Architectures for Digital Imagery, in Image Databases: Search and Retrieval of Digital Imagery (eds V. Castelli and L. D. Bergman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471224634.ch6

Editor Information

  1. IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Texas at Austin, Department of Computer Sciences, Taylor Hall 2.124, Austin, TX 78750

  2. 2

    University of Massachusetts, Department of Computer Science, Amherst, MA 01003-4610

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 APR 2002
  2. Published Print: 7 DEC 2001

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471321163

Online ISBN: 9780471224631



  • digital imagery;
  • storage architectures;
  • storage management;
  • fault tolerance;
  • retrieval;
  • caching;
  • batching


Emerging multimedia applications differ from conventional distributed applications in the type of data they store, transmit, and process, and also in the requirements they impose on the networks and operating systems. In this chapter, the focus is on the problem of designing storage servers that can meet the requirements of these emerging applications. The techniques for designing a storage server for digital imagery and video streams are described and then the architectural issues in incorporating these techniques into a general-purpose file system are examined. The chapter concludes by noting that a quality-of-service (QoS) aware file system is just one piece of the end-to-end infrastructure required to support emerging distributed applications.